Composition Research: Empirical Designs

Paperback | June 1, 1965

byJanice M. Lauer, J. William Asher

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Intended for writing instructors at all levels who lack the training to deal effectively with the increasingly important role played by empirical research in their field, Composition Research explains ten of the most common empirical designs used in the social sciences. These include: casestudy, ethnography, sampling/survey, quantitative descriptive research, prediction and classification studies, true and quasi-experiments, meta-analysis, and program evaluation. Each design is explained with reference to at least two specific composition studies, and includes a separatebibliography that identifies further writing studies that use it. The book also features a chapter on measurement, an appendix on statistical analyses, a glossary of technical terms and symbols, and guidelines for research on human subjects.

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An important work, one that is badly needed and that will therefore have a wide influence on the field.... It presents its discussion of empirical designs in the context of composition research as a whole, and that discussion is extremely well adapted to the average composition teacher and novice researcher. As such, it should be requi...

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Intended for writing instructors at all levels who lack the training to deal effectively with the increasingly important role played by empirical research in their field, Composition Research explains ten of the most common empirical designs used in the social sciences. These include: casestudy, ethnography, sampling/survey, quantitat...

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An important work, one that is badly needed and that will therefore have a wide influence on the field.... It presents its discussion of empirical designs in the context of composition research as a whole, and that discussion is extremely well adapted to the average composition teacher and novice researcher. As such, it should be requi...

Janice M. Lauer and J. William Asher are both at Purdue University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:June 1, 1965Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195041720

ISBN - 13:9780195041729

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An important work, one that is badly needed and that will therefore have a wide influence on the field.... It presents its discussion of empirical designs in the context of composition research as a whole, and that discussion is extremely well adapted to the average composition teacher and novice researcher. As such, it should be required reading in every graduate program in rhetoric and composition.

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"Clear, thorough, and well written, this book is a must for anyone who reads research in composition and takes it seriously....Should be required reading for all people who engage in composition research as well."--Janet Marting, University of Akron